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Auckland is the largest urban area in New Zealand and one of the greatest cities to live in the world. Even with its location near the Pacific Ring of Fire, the city has succeeded in securing a safe place for travel and leisure for anyone, anywhere. Be surrounded by active, extinct, and dormant volcanoes and see how a bustling metropolis is built around these destructive natural wonders. Wander Auckland Domain, the oldest park in the city or travel to Rangitoto Island, a young volcanic island that emerged just 600 years ago! Back to the city, climb up the Sky Tower and take a leap of faith – experience bungee jumping or skywalking 192 meters above ground for unparalleled cityscape views.

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Unmissable sights in Auckland

As a major city situated between two harbors, Auckland offers a wide range of activities to do within and beyond the city. Between adventures to the nearby islands of paradise, tours that highlight the urban metropolis, and destinations that bring you closer to nature, there is no shortage of fun things to do in Auckland.

Sky Tower

Gaze upon the gorgeous cityscape from 220 meters high at the Sky Tower! Located at the center of the bustling business district, the skyscraper offers stunning views of the city - a perfect introduction to start your trip!. Thrill-seekers looking for an adventure and cool things to do in Auckland can walk on the glass floors and get tickets to the heart-pumping Skywalk and SkyJump for a more unforgettable experience. Aside from this, visitors can enjoy other facilities like the casino, cafe, and gift shop. For a different view of the city, come around sunset or in the evening where you can also enjoy a delicious dinner!

Waiheke Island

Go on an island escape filled with white sand beaches, beautiful vineyards, and peaceful walking trails. Just a 40-minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, Waiheke Island is a popular destination in the Hauraki Gulf that lets travelers relax away from the city. Experience the best that the island has to offer through wine tasting, dining at the local restaurants, and enjoying the different water activities at the beach! It’s best to explore the island by bus, renting a car, or walking.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Immerse yourself in the history of New Zealand at the Auckland War Memorial Museum in Auckland Domain. From priceless artifacts and exhibits from the World Wars to dinosaur skeletons at the gallery of Natural History, the museum promises an enriching experience for visitors of all ages. Don’t miss the captivating Maori cultural performance displaying the rich heritage of the natives!

Rangitoto Island

See the raw beauty of nature on Rangitoto Island, one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Auckland. Rangitoto is the youngest yet largest volcano in Auckland, where you can witness panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf from its summit. Only a 25-minute ferry ride from the harbor of downtown Auckland, escape to this little paradise and take a scenic walk or go kayaking or snorkeling on its clear waters.

SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium

Dive below sea level and get closer to the incredible marine life at SEA LIFE Kelly Tarlton's Aquarium. From adorable penguins and sea turtles to mighty sharks and stingrays, meet and take photos of all kinds of creatures as they swim around you at the underwater tunnel that even uses a conveyor belt to move people along the viewing areas. This popular aquarium in Tamaki Drive also has a lovely cafe, a playground for children, a gift shop for souvenirs, and a shark bus that takes visitors to and from the city center.

Auckland Domain

Amid the bustling city lies a lush, spacious park where locals and tourists can have a quiet moment surrounded by duck ponds, botanical gardens, and ferneries. Auckland Domain is the oldest park in the city that houses the historic War Memorial Museum and the Winter Garden, which includes fountains, marble statues, and even two stunning greenhouses. The park’s atmosphere becomes more vibrant during major events like the Lantern Festival during Chinese New Year and Anzac Day.

Auckland Zoo

Home to over 1,400 majestic animals, Auckland Zoo has a large and diverse collection of native and exotic wildlife. Explore the 17 hectares of land that hold all kinds of creatures such as unique kiwi and kea birds, adorable red pandas, majestic elephants, and ferocious cheetahs. Get closer to nature as you have close encounters with some of the animals and learn about them from the friendly volunteers. This is a must-visit for animal lovers and nature enthusiasts of all ages!

Waitemata Harbour

Located on the eastern coast of New Zealand, Waitemata Harbour is the main point of entry to Auckland by sea. Cruise along the waters on a ferry, kayak, or boat and take in the impressive views of the city’s skyline. Standing over the harbor is Auckland Harbour Bridge, where thrill-seekers can have a memorable bungee jumping experience. The harbor is also lined with plenty of restaurants, cafes, and bars ranging from budget-friendly options to fine dining.

SkyCity Auckland

Experience world-class service and entertainment at SkyCity Auckland! Located in the central business district at the base of the Sky Tower, SkyCity features high-end restaurants, buffets, and luxurious hotels. Try your luck at the only casino in Auckland and get the chance to double your money from day until night! This is an exciting hub that holds a variety of dining and gaming options and much-anticipated events!

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Discover the largest collection of New Zealand art and architecture when you visit Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in the heart of Auckland. Featuring ancient and modern art, including paintings, sculptures, and prints that date back to the 11th century, visitors are treated to a compelling visual experience of creativity and design. This gallery is one of the Auckland tourist attractions that celebrate the rich culture of Maori, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, as it highlights numerous impressive portraits of its leaders and works of art by Maori artists. There is also a lovely spacious cafe that serves specialty coffee and tasty snacks.

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About Auckland

Auckland is the largest urban area in New Zealand and one of the greatest cities to live in the world. Even with its location near the Pacific Ring of Fire, the city has succeeded in securing a safe place for travel and leisure for anyone, anywhere. Be surrounded by active, extinct, and dormant volcanoes and see how a bustling metropolis is built around these destructive natural wonders. Wander Auckland Domain, the oldest park in the city or travel to Rangitoto Island, a young volcanic island that emerged just 600 years ago! Back to the city, climb up the Sky Tower and take a leap of faith – experience bungee jumping or skywalking 192 meters above ground for unparalleled cityscape views.

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      St. Jerome's Laneway Festival

    • MAR

      Auckland Lantern Festival

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YONGHWAN
Published 326 days ago
Sky Tower is located in Auckland. These days, there are so many tower-towered buildings in each country, so it is no longer a great tower anymore. If you make a reservation with Klook and buy tickets in line with everyone else, you can stick out your cell phone and pass through like a VIP. Before I climbed, a girl took a photo and said, "Who's Ayu Prom," I am Prom Korea, one of the few English I can write (learning in English in elementary school). This is Shes Crazy. The view is good when you go up, but if you take a picture, you can take it through a glass window. Still, the night view is more than twice as beautiful as during the day, so it is better to go at night or go to the day and die until night. It is worth putting the emotional arm on the last night before returning home.

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